Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law (Hardcover)

National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

By Gabriel Schoenfeld

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393076486, 309pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2010



Returning to our present dilemmas, Schoenfeld discovers a growing rift between a press that sees itself as the heroic force promoting the public's "right to know" and a government that needs to safeguard information vital to the effective conduct of national defense. Schoenfeld places the tension between openness and security in the context of a broader debate about freedom of the press and its limits With the United States still at war, Necessary Secrets is of burning contemporary interest. But it is much more than a book of the moment. Grappling with one of the most perplexing conundrums of our democratic order, it offers a masterful contribution to the enduring challenge of interpreting the First Amendment.